KENT-AEA581: Fragment of Middle Bronze age dirk/dagger

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Unique ID: KENT-AEA581

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A fragment of early Bronze Age copper-alloy dagger or dirk, possibly of Camerton-Snowshill type (Period 4) c.1750-1550 BC

Description: The dagger survives only as the point end and has linear decoration of six parallel lines creating a ribbing effect, on both sides, running either side of a mid-rib to meet below but on the same line as blade point. The dagger has a lozenge-shaped cross section and the break is ragged and appears to have happened in antiquity. Despite the break the blade is in relatively good condition save for a number of nicks along its edge. The blade is a dark brown and orange colour and is not showing particularly obvious signs of copper corrosion.

Measurements: 78.62mm long, 22.49mm wide, 3.25mm thick and 16.6g in weight

Discussion: This fragment likely relates to a dagger of early Bronze Age, specifically of Camerton-Snowshill type or a derivative thereof, these daggers relate to the end of the early Bronze Age (Period 4) c.1750-1550 BC.


We are grateful to Peter Reevil and Stuart Needham for further information on this object.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1750 BC
Date to: Circa 1550 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 78.62 mm
Width: 22.49 mm
Weight: 16.6 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill
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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Tonbridge and Malling (District)
Parish or ward: West Peckham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ6452
Four figure Latitude: 51.24360274
Four figure longitude: 0.34820876
1:25K map: TQ6452
1:10K map: TQ65SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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